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Indeterminate Western Blot test
      #168315 - 01/01/06 05:20 PM

To get with my question I will start as I went in for what I thought was a routine check up after sepearting from my husband approximently six months ago, I got an HIV test done by ELISA and it was positive, then my doctor did not know about the Western Blot test, so I went and had that done and it came back indeterminate. My lab results read as this: Weak reactivity at p24, unusual weak reactivity at 40,000 molecular weight. Does this mean a possible HIV Infection? or are all of my symptoms from headache, fever, rash, white tounge, swollen lymph nodes, irregular menses. I am just to scared to go and get the second Western blot test done. I did have strep throat prior to getting the ELISA test done, could that maybe have set it off??


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Re: Indeterminate Western Blot test new
      #168395 - 01/03/06 01:05 AM

I am not an expert. But my understanding is that for a definative diagnosis, a positive ELISA and a positive WB is needed. I also understand that interterminate WBs are not uncommon in negative people (which is why this test is never used as a diagnosic tool by itself).

However, I do strongly urge you to go back a re-test. It is very, very important that you know your status, either to put the worries behind you or to get the medical treatment you need. Remember, HIV is a serious illness, but nowadays it is very much treatable if you get the right medical attention, and the earlier you start to recieve that attention, the better.

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